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News Headline 5/22/2012

Posted by Matthew Liedke on May 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Sony Pictures Classics gets rights to Pablo Larrain film

Sony Pictures Classics has announced that it has gotten North American Rights to Pablo Larrain’s film “No” which stars Gael Garcia Bernal.

SPC described the film in its press release:

“Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Pablo Larraín’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight sensation, NO from financier Participant Media in association with Funny Balloons and Fabula. NO stars Gael García Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries), Alfredo Castro, Antónia Zegers, Marcial Tagle, Néstor Cantillana, Jaime Vadell and Pascal Montero. The film is one ofthe best received films in Cannes with raves from critics following the first screening in Director's Fortnight.


Directed by Pablo Larraín (Post Mortem, Tony Manero) from a screenplay by Pedro Peirano (TheMaid), NO is produced by Juan de Diós Larraín and Daniel Dreifussand executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King.


Based on a true story, when Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, facing international pressure, calls for a referendum on his presidency in 1988,opposition leaders persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources andconstant scrutiny by the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team devise anaudacious plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.”

Source: Coming Soon


James McAvoy to star in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”

James McAvoy has joined the cast of the double-feature project “The Disapearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Leanor Rigby: Hers.” The role that McAvoy is not in was originally slotted for JoelEdgerton.

The film will be about “a married couple in New York City that deals with an emotional, life-altering experience, from the two differentperspectives of the husband, Conor played by McAvoy a restaurant owner, and ofthe wife, Eleanor, played by Jessica Chastain, who goes back to college.”

Myriad Pictures CEO tells that the films will be stand-alone saying: “We have to make both films work on their own.”

Source: Coming Soon

Nicholas Stoller to direct new comedy

Director of “The Five-year Engagement” Nicholas Stoller is in negotiations to direct “Townies,” a comedy featuring Seth Rogen and ZacEfron. Universal picked up the film last July putting seven figures on the project.

The story is about Rogen as a regular family man who lives near an alpha-male fraternity house and has to contend with a frat member played by Efron whose Raucous behavior wreaks havoc with his life.

Stoller’s past projects include “Get Him To The Greek” and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Tom Cruise attached to remake of “The Magnificent Seven”

MGM has announced that it will remake the John Sturges’ 1960 Western film “The Magnificent Seven. The film currently has Tom Cruise attached to star however doesn’t have a director yet. MGM is currently focused on finding a writer first.

Despite Cruise being attached, it’s not in the actor’s immediate plans as the film is a long way off.

MGM is already pumping out other remakes as well putting out new versions of “Robocop,” “Carrie,” “Poltergeist” and “Red Dawn.”

Source: Variety


Ryan Reynolds could possibly star in “Highlander”remake

Ryan Reynolds has now emerged as the man that Lionsgate will be going after for the lead role in the reboot of “Highlander.”As of now no official offer has been made however negotiations are under way.

The film already has a director on board in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Lionsgate originally got the rights to the filmback in May of 2008. Reynold’s last film was the surprise hit “Safe House” where he starred opposite of Denzel Washington.

Source: Variety


“I Robot” director to direct “Gods of Egypt”

Alex Proyas, who has worked as director on “I Robot” and “Dark City” is currently in negotiations to direct the fantasy epic “Gods of Egypt.”

The only story details out right now are that a mortal, a god and a goddess unite to fight an evil force in ancient Egypt.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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